Thursday, June 01, 2006
hands of a expert madalam player. madalam playes a important role in panchavadyam http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panchavadyam .......... Madhalam is a drum made out of the wood of the jackfruit tree. It has two sides for playing, made out of leather, which give different beats. This is a heavy instrument which is tied around the waist of the person playing and the player stands all the while to perform.
this guy made us jump ...... pallavoor kuttan marar ....... amazing personality .......Mr. Kuttan Marar, disciple of Peruvanam Appu Marar, Kumarapuram Appu Marar and Sreenarayanapuram Appu Marar, has been associated with the Ilanjithara Melam for nearly 30 years. He has been its `pramanam' (chief) for nine years. Recipient of the Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Akademi and Guruvayurappan Awards in 2002, Mr. Kuttan Marar has performed extensively in the country and abroad. for more info http://www.hindu.com/2006/05/08/stories/2006050804630300.htm
collage of pandal decoration..... during the pooram festival the temple will get light decoration. its a art in itself ...... since we have seen it from our childhood its nothing great .... but people from around the world come to this day long festival. Its a nice way of excreting waste from our body .......... because we sweet a lot...........
begger's art.... during thrissur pooram i badly wanted to get some nice night shots in my nikon cam........... was walking near dhanalakshmi bank and found this amazing piece of art. can u see a person ( looks like a begger in our eyes ) made this miracle ...... god is really crazy ..... or r we crazy ????
Monday, May 15, 2006
shadow shot ..... me and my friend photographer shyam at villangan kunnu, a hill station near thrissur ....... we went there early morning ( around 6:30 AM ) ........ when we finished our session at 9Am, one security guard came and told us that people are not allowed before 9AM. one the way back we had really nice puttu + kadalai + pazham and chai from a small cute hotel
during sreedhar wedding .... people from chennai came to kerala to attend the marriage .... we had planned a temple visit for all the visitors ...... the troup went to guruvayoor ( famous krishna temple ) and then mamiyoor temple ( very close to guruvayoor ) ....... hey the name guruvayoor came from Guru and Vayu ( the air god ) oor means place ..... so guruvayoour means -- The place of guru and vayu :-)
Monday, April 03, 2006
Vishu (വിഷൂ) is a festival held in the state of Kerala (and adjoining areas of Tamil Nadu) in India around the first day in the Malayalam month of Medam (March – April). This occasion signifies the Sun's transit to the zodiac Mesha Mesha Raasi as per Indian astrological calculations. This day is celebrated in almost all places in India by the Hindus albeit by different names. In Bihar this day is called Bihu, in Punjab Baisakhi and in Tamil Nadu Puthandu.
The festival is marked with offerings to the divine called Vishukkani. The offerings consist of a ritual arrangement in the puja room of auspicious articles like raw rice, fresh linen, golden cucumber, betel leaves, arecanut, metal mirror, the yellow flowers konna (Cassia fistula), and a holy text and coins, in a bell metal vessel called uruli. A lighted bell metal lamp called nilavilakku is also placed alongside. This arrangement is completed by women the previous night. On the day of Vishu, the custom is to wake up at dawn and go to the puja room with the eyes closed so that the Vishukanni is the first thing one sees. The Vishukani is later taken and distributed among the poor people. It is not uncommon for children to burst fireworks after the Vishukanni. The people wear new clothes (kodi vastram) for the occasion and the elders of the family distribute tokens of money to the children, servants and tenants. These tokens are called the Vishukaineetam and are usually in form of coins. People carry on this custom believing that in this way, their children will be blessed with prosperity in future.
Vishu is also a day of feasting, wherein the edibles consist of roughly equal proportions of salty, sweet, sour and bitter items. Feast items include 'Veppampoorasam' (a bitter preparation of neem) and 'Mampazhapachadi' (a sour mango soup).